Fire Up Your Life: 101 Ways for Women to Reinvent Themselves in Retirement
Women want to be fulfilled in all areas of their lives and at all stages. They want to love and be loved. They want freedom from conflict and a peaceful existence. And when life doesn't meet these expectations, they want to be able to deal with their disappointments with strength and courage. It's that simple.
What would it be like if women could realize all of these goals in retirement? This book helps women retirees fulfill their dreams by motivating and firing them up to live their best lives now, even if they weren't able to realize this level of joy and contentment in the past. Fire Up Your Life: 101 Ways for Women to Reinvent Themselves in Retirement calls retired women to begin living the best years of their lives by working, playing, and interacting with family and friends in ways they never thought possible. All they have to do is resolve and start now. The rest will surely follow.
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Fire Up Your
Life in Retirement: 101 Ways for Women to Reinvent Themselves.
Mar 2014. 176 p. Paragon House, paperback, $14.95.
This particular r-word,
half of us look forward to, and the other half dread. Educator and author (Excuse Me, Your
Participle’s Dangling, 2013, is one)
DePino graciously and gracefully helps women be thoughtful about this next stage in life. In an organized
way, she tackles seven different segments to consider: general planning, physical and emotional health,
brain and relationship work, spirituality, challenges, enjoyment, and realization actions. Each of her
chapters features pithy to-dos, described in a few paragraphs, and concludes with a summary (called
“take-aways”) and, usually, a quiz, with scorecard answers. The activities are simple yet will consume thinking
and journaling time—and, perhaps, demand an Excel spreadsheet or two. Who could argue with such
recommendations as keep moving, rev up the romance, care for caregivers, surround yourself with
positive people, examine your belief system, and inspire young people? Her book is sensible and pragmatic, filled
with common sense as well as a joy ofliving. It’s time to embrace Eleanor Roosevelt’s mandate,
“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
— Barbara Jacobs
Read what reviewers said about this book:"DePino covers it all—improving mind, body, and spirit. She cleverly employs a series of innovative quizzes that are designed to help the reader remember the affirmations and discover a new perspective. She blots out any nation that retirement is, in any way, a negative experience." —Eileen M. D'Angelo, Editor of Mad Poets Review and President of Philadelphia Writers Conference Board of Directors
"DePino has given careful consideration to all possible aspects of the changes brought by retirement. Chapters address issues like finances, dreams, health and fitness, changes in time management, mental growth, changes in friendships, the role of hobbies, facing new challenges, reaching out to help others, addressing negativity, and even suggestions for assessing your social and belief systems. Filled with common sense comments, general advice, and recommendations for further reading or study, this is a basic and useful handbook for women contemplating retirement." —Gloria T. Delamar, columnist, “On the Soapbox,” author of The Wishing Handbook: More Than More Than 500 Ways to Make Your Wishes Come True. www.delamar.org
"Catherine DePino is energetic, entertaining, and fully engaged. She expertly shares her common sense perspective and tips for other women who want to keep post-retirement days not just interesting but purposeful. Brava, Dr. DePino for this gift of a good read."—Kate Fratti, award-winning columnist for Calkins Media